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We all look forward to holidays and these times of the year often call for a trip to the beach or lying by the pool reading a book or listening to music, however, when we rest in the sun, what we hope for is a nice tan and not a red sunburn.

This desired colour will be achieved by applying a bronzer that contains sun factor to protect the skin cells from UV rays, that moisturises, stimulates the production of melanin so that the skin tone changes faster and that its duration or effect is mostly prolonged.

Getting a golden tan does not require us to spend long hours under the sun's rays or thousands of dollars on products, however, you should know certain factors that will facilitate the process, such as knowing what type of skin you have and considering the level of Sun Protection Factor or SPF that you should purchase.


  • A suntan lotion is a product that is applied to the skin when it is going to be exposed to the sun, and has the task of darkening the tone of the dermis and turning it into a golden colour. Depending on its ingredients, such as plant extracts, moisturisers and vitamins, and the time the user spends in the sun, the result will depend.
  • The bronzer products have the same objective, to darken the skin in an accelerated way, however, there are different skin types that demand a personalised formula so as not to damage the dermis or provoke unwanted reactions.
  • Choosing a bronzer is not just any old thing. To get the right product, you'll need to pay attention to the smallest detail. Some of the most important features to consider are: your skin type, SPF and ingredients.

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Buying Guide: What you need to know about Bronzers

Nowadays, the perfect tan has become a fad, and although there are thousands of products that accomplish the task of turning your skin an ideal golden colour, there are many aspects to take into account. In the following, we will show you the most relevant information about these products.

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What is a bronzer and what are its advantages?

A bronzer has the task of darkening the skin tone and turning it into a golden colour. It can be applied to almost any part of the body that is exposed to the sun and depending on its ingredients, such as plant extracts, moisturisers and vitamins, and the length of time the user sunbathes, the result will be achieved.

This type of products can come in different presentations and textures. That is to say, it will be easy to find them in cream, gel, spray and oil, but each of these bronzers are ideal for different types of skin, which is why it is important to know one's own dermis.

It is always advisable to buy a bronzer with sun protection to take maximum care of your skin, while achieving an even tone. Below you will find a table with different aspects of bronzers, which will help you to deepen your knowledge of bronzers.

  • Accelerate tanning
  • Moisturise the skin
  • Some have integrated Sun Protection Factor
  • They are available in different presentations and textures
  • They can damage the dermis
  • They can cause acne or allergic reactions on the skin
  • If they do not have SPF, they can cause severe damage such as cancer
  • They can accelerate ageing

Bronzers for skin that is not sensitive, sensitive, very sensitive or overly sensitive - what should you look out for?

Bronzers seek to achieve the same objective, which is to turn the skin colour into a darker and more golden colour in an accelerated way, however, there are different skin types that demand a customised formula so as not to damage the dermis or cause unwanted reactions.

  • Skin that is not very sensitive: This type of skin tends to be dark or tanned, so it is more resistant to the sun, but it is not exempt from being damaged by excessive exposure to UV rays. The SPF that the ideal bronzer should contain should be 6 to 10.
  • Sensitive skin: The skins that fall into this category are brunettes to light brunettes, which show a faster reaction to the sun than dark or very dark skins. The SPF should have the right bronzer, it should be 10 to 20.
  • Very sensitive skin: Generally, very sensitive skins are light skins, therefore, their care should be more cautious. The recommended SPF for a sunscreen in this category ranges from 20 to 50, although a more drastic one could be applied.
  • Skin that is too sensitive: This point on the skin scale includes all people with skin that is too white or light, and it is easy to identify, because almost always when they are exposed to the sun, their skin turns a red colour and not a tan. It is recommended to use a bronzer with SPF greater than 50.
Low Sensitive Skin Sensitive Skin Very Sensitive Skin Overly Sensitive Skin
Recommended SPF 6 to 10 10 to 20 20 to 50 50 onwards
Protection Low Moderate High Extreme
Standard Skin Tan Light Brown Light Brown Fair or Too Light
Reaction to Sun without SPF Tanning Light Tan Redness Redness and possible damage to dermis

Purchasing Criteria

Choosing a bronzer is no easy task, as you will have to pay attention to the smallest detail in order to get the right one. To begin with, we recommend that you consider the following factors.

Skin type

Bronzers, as mentioned above, have been perfected and designed to meet the needs of each skin type, so you will need to know whether your skin is oily, combination or dry, as this will help you choose the best product for you.

  • Oily skin: Oily skin is identified because it is always over-moisturised. For this type of skin, it is recommended to use a spray tanner, because when it comes into contact with the skin, it dries quickly and does not provide even more hydration.
  • Combination skin: Combination skin is easier to treat. If your skin falls into this category, then you are free to choose from all the different types of bronzers, however, the most recommended ones are gel or spray bronzers.
  • Dry skin: For dry skin, there is a wider variety of bronzers available. People who identify themselves in this category will be able to acquire one in cream, oil or gel, as these will provide an ideal moisturising, promoting the skin to hydrate and feel soft.

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Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

Getting a tan requires a certain level of responsibility and awareness, which is why products containing SPF have been developed for this purpose. Depending on your skin colour and its resistance to the sun, the number of SPF you should use for your health will depend on your skin colour.

Dark/brown skin

Even if your skin is dark and therefore resistant to the sun, you should apply a bronzer with a low SPF number, which can range from 6 to 10, however, if you want to be more cautious to avoid damage to the dermis, you can resort to an even higher SPF.

Brown/light brown skin

If your skin is tanned or light brown, then we recommend using a bronzer with a Sun Protection Factor higher than 10 and lower than 20 so that your desired tan doesn't take too long to appear.

Sensitive skin

If your skin falls into this category, then you should be aware that you are more prone to dermal reactions caused by the sun, therefore, you should apply a Sun Protection Factor greater than 20 and less than 50 to achieve a beautiful golden tan and still have healthy skin.

Fair skin

Those who have very fair skin will have to take more drastic measures when it comes to tanning. If your skin falls into this category, then we recommend that you use a bronzer with SPF greater than 50, which, although it will delay tanning, will protect your skin as much as possible.


Bronzers can vary in their contents, however, there are basic ingredients used to formulate this type of product. Among the most popular are natural oils or extracts, vitamins and moisturisers.

  • Natural extracts: the most popular are carrot, coconut, riboflavin, Australian acacia, green walnut shells, among others, which nourish the skin and allow the tan to be achieved faster and sometimes last longer than normal.
  • Vitamins: The most common vitamins in this type of product are A, C and E, which in addition to nourishing the skin, provide flexibility, softness and can delay the natural ageing of the dermis.
  • Moisturisers: The most commonly used moisturisers in suntan lotion formulas are: Aloe Vera, exotic ingredients and various types of oils, such as coconut, walnut and carrot oil. These elements help to keep the skin soft and moisturised at all times.

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